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Chevron's community mindedness is not sincere. If it were, Chevron not route their emission pipes past air quality monitors so as to falsely claim their emissions are well within the air quality control standards, they would have replaced the corroded pipe (their own in-house audit recommended they do so back in 2002) that failed in the fire and explosion of August 6, 2012, they would have replaced the 3,000 pipes to date that are woefully thin and dangerous, they would stay out of Richmond politics and not spend the millions of dollars they spend on city council candidates that will roll over for them, and they would contribute more than the one million dollars here, two million dollars there, for social responsibility in Richmond which is peanuts compared to what they make in net profits (in 2012 Chevron made $26.2 billion dollars in net profits), and they would pony up to what was done in Ecuador and pay the indigenous people, that, to this date, are continuing to be poisoned and sickened because Chevron will not clean up the contaminated sites properly.
Chevron is very good at public relations, but their intent is very insincere. In fact, I truly believe they would rather Richmond be poor, down and out, so that the citizenry, struggling day to day, would not have the energy to hold Chevron responsible for all the wrongs that Chevron does in Richmond, and in Ecuador.
They need to be a responsible neighbor, and that means a safe refinery, and the most important of all, they should seriously convert to alternative fuels (they want to refine heavier, dirtier crude) because climate change is not a joke.
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